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Get Out: Architecture Docu, Renegade Craft Fair, Kittenpalooza, Album Release Show, Free Family Fun @ JANA Museum

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...or, you could just go hang out in Malibu / Photo by nicadair via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

...or, you could just go hang out in Malibu / Photo by nicadair via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
Arts & Crafts Architecture Documentary
Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California is a documentary that examines the profound effects of the movement on both the physical and cultural development of Southern California in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The film introduces viewers to the work of a dozen notable architects who were influenced by Arts & Crafts ideals, and features over forty important structures in the Southland. See it today at 1 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library (Main Library, MLK Jr. Auditorium).

The Renegade Craft Fair
This is a first: The Renegade Craft Fair is in Los Angeles, today and tomorrow, from 11am - 7pm at the California Market Center. Taking over the entire 13th floor penthouse, gorgeous 360-degree views of downtown LA will provide the backdrop for this free urban art, craft and DIY extravaganza. Over 200 artists are traveling from all over the country and abroad to participate and sell their handmade goods: from clothing and accessories, to stationery and concert posters, with everything from bath products and ceramics in between. Tons of LA-based artists and crafters will be taking part as well. You'll hear indie music provided by KXLU DJs as you check out the crafty goodness.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is hosting Kittenpalooza, a cats and kittens adoption event today from 10am-4:30pm at the South Bay Pet Adoption Center in Hawthorne. The event features adoptable cats and kittens ready to go to a good home. Each adoption includes initial vaccinations, spaying or neutering, a free veterinary examination, microchip and a goodie bag full of gifts for the feline. Besides adoptable pets, there will be music provided by The Sound 100.3, pet food samples from Natura Pet Products, cool beverages from Honest Tea, prize drawings, a Kid’s Craft Table where you can make a cat toy for your pet or make one to donate to spcaLA’s shelter cats, Ask the Trainer staffed by spcaLA, and info on spcaLA’s programs and services.

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Kicking it Off on the West Coast
Brooklyn-based songwriter Max Gabriel is celebrating his debut release with a show and a tour, kicking off the adventure tonight at the Room 5 Lounge. For $8 you can check out this up-and-comer and Paste Recommends artist with a full band and special guest Emy Reynolds at 8 p.m.

Target Free Family Saturdays @ the Japanese American National American Museum
Hon wo yomimashou! (Let’s Read Some Books!) In exploring the wonderful world of Asian American and Japanese American books, the JANA Museum presents a free public program, part of the Target Free Family Saturday series, with the theme of “Books Galore,” today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum. Enjoy FREE admission, plus a special reading of Under the Cherry Blossom Tree at Noon, a tour of the ongoing exhibition, a hands-on kids cooking workshop and a reading and book signing by author Nathaniel Lachenmeyer.